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Work on Renault Alpine Sports Car to Continue Without Caterham

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/27/2014 Erick Ayapana

Renault is still moving forward with plans to build the Alpine sports car, but it will do so without Caterham. The French automaker made the announcement to union leaders stating that collaboration on the sports car will end next month, though Renault claims the Alpine is still on track to go on sale in 2016.

Work on Renault Alpine Sports Car to Continue Without Caterham

The two automakers first announced they would work together back in 2012, and solidified the partnership by calling it the Societe des Automobiles Alpine Caterham. The year also marked the 50th anniversary of Renault’s Alpine brand. Now, the two companies will continue with their own versions of a two-seater sports car, though it’s unclear what, if any, platforms or powertrains will be shared. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

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Autocar reports that the Renault is targeting a power output of around 250 hp with a curb weight of 2425 pounds. With Caterham out of the picture, it’s possible that Renault could turn to Nissan for development help, though it’s unlikely the Alpine will be based on the relatively heavy platform that underpins the 370Z. Renault officials previously hinted that the Alpine could mark the brand’s return to the U.S., with one executive stating that the sports car would only make financial sense if it were offered in China and North America.

That said, Caterham and Renault will continue their partnership in Formula 1. Caterham should also continue its goal of expanding its lineup to include both track-focused and road-going cars. The first car we’ll likely see from Caterham is a production version of the AeroSeven concept car, essentially a modern take on the iconic Caterham Seven.

Source: Autocar

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